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Cartoon School Uses Student’s Guidance To Navigate ASL Interpreters’ Landscape

Carlisle Robinson, the student featured on the front page of the Sunday Valley News yesterday for her efforts to teach American Sign Language to her classmates, is not the first student at the Center for Cartoon Studies from the deaf and hard of hearing community: The school taught a deaf student who communicates through ASL for summer courses, and alumni include a deaf person who lip reads and uses his voice, said Valerie Fleisher, the school’s operations manager. However, Robinson is the first full-time student

Video: Canaan Bassoonist, 85, Rehearses with Sunflower Quartet

Valley News staff photographer Sarah Priestap and I got to spend Tuesday night at the home of Earl North, 85, as he rehearsed with The Sunflower Quartet, a woodwind group founded five years ago. (Three years before that, North brought three of the members together as the Sycamore Trio.) The group — which also includes flutist Ann Givens, of Grantham, oboist Steve Jordan, of Sunapee, and clarinetist Tom Norton, of Thetford — was rehearsing for their performance Saturday night at the First Congregational Church in

‘Valley News’ Front Pages in the Days After JFK Assassination Show a Shocked Nation, Region

As part of the Valley News series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the front pages of the newspaper in the days after the assassination are now available online. View the pages by clicking the links below. The pages will open as PDFs. (The Valley News did not print Sunday editions until the mid-1990s.)  ∎ Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963 ∎ Monday, Nov. 25, 1963 ∎ Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1963 ∎ Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1963 To explore the rest of the series, visit, which

Link: ‘Gretel’s Albums’

Today I spent some time talking to Dena Rueb Romero, a Hanover woman who has worked with Bernhild Vögel, of Germany, to piece together the stories behind old photographs of Romero’s Jewish relatives living in Germany before and during the Holocaust. The resulting document, Gretel’s Albums, is available to download as a PDF at this link: The photo at the top of this blog post shows Romero, at right, and Vögel shortly after making their presentation about the photographs last week. Romero’s relatives ran

NHPR Series Looks Back at 250 Years in 13 Towns 

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Keith Shields is visiting the state’s 13 towns celebrating their 250th anniversary this year. A few of them fall in and around the Upper Valley, including Warren, which debuted the series last month, and Haverhill, which he profiled a couple weeks ago. As somebody who’s lived in the area for only a couple of years (cough, “flatlander,” cough) I learned a lot from Shields’ piece, and I suspect some Upper Valley locals will pick up a few things, too. And I

Friday Update: Happy Hollow Road Cows Await Their Big Mooo-ve

The transfer of Royalton's impounded Happy Hollow Road cows has been delayed — for now. The parties involved in the dispute said the paperwork has been signed, but the pickup of the four animals — who were fenced in by a neighbor after they had damaged his property for years — has been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. It all started Wednesday, when an editor answered the phone and I heard him say, "Now, is this a dispute with a cow, or a dispute over a

‘Valley News’ Seeks Your Perspective of JFK Assassination

A smiling President John. F. Kennedy sits next to his wife, Jackie, in the back of a convertible Lincoln Continental as his motorcade travels through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Moments later, the president is mortally wounded and America’s innocence is shattered. The Valley News wants to know if the events of that day 50 years ago — and the chaotic, somber days that followed — changed your view of the world. Were you among the shocked and grieving millions, or do you know of

Center for Cartoon Studies Alumnus Gives Faces to Syrian Conflict

If you were listening to New Hampshire Public Radio last night, you may have heard a San Francisco Bay-area journalist talking about his pen-and-ink cartoons drawing attention to the human side of the Syrian conflict. Turns out that cartoonist is Andy Warner, a 2012 alumnus of White River Junction’s Center for Cartoon Studies who was co-founder and co-editor of Irene comics magazine, taking on the name of the 2011 tropical storm. He also has spent time in Lebanon (of the Middle East variety, not “03766”)

'Times' Video Profiles Thetford's Carmen Tarleton

The New York Times last week published a video profiling Thetford’s Carmen Tarleton and the progress she’s made since undergoing face transplant surgery in February. The Times staff spent time with Tarleton earlier this month, and the result is a 7-minute video that is at once interesting, compelling and — I thought — very moving. In February, Tarleton became the fifth person to receive a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her estranged husband beat her and doused her in industrial

Gory Daze in White River Junction Tomorrow: See You There

What are you doing tomorrow night? Dancing around White River Junction in the Gory Daze Parade and subsequent Q Ball, maybe? If so, I’ll see you there! I haven’t decided on a costume yet, but if you see any dinosaurs or table lamps, one of them might be me. The annual Halloween-themed event kicks off around 6 p.m. at the Main Street Museum with a town-sponsored egg hunt for young’uns across the street at Veterans Park. But the parade is really scheduled to get going